40 Case Studies
Before I ever became a qualified therapist, I was a fan. It was my treatment of choice for specific purposes. In a metaphorical sense, our feet are instrumental in moving us forward and that’s what it’s all about, moving forward, in a healthier way.
I was thrilled to discover that as soon as I began to apply this therapy myself, (while still a student) that the reflexology began working immediately for my clients.
I was fortunate to have had a great variety of clients for my 40 case studies during my training. I was presented with a wide range of feet of all ages, shapes,
colours, textures and sizes. Each pair told their own unique story. As time went on I began to notice patterns and traits that corresponded with the individual themselves.
The results were noticeable and varied. Relaxation was the benefit most reported by my 10 clients. In fact one person told me it was the first time that they ever managed to feel so relaxed.
As relaxation provides optimum conditions for the body to heal itself and carry out all its functions with ease and efficiency, I considered this to be a very important benefit for my clients. Along with the invitation to relax, another client reported that the opportunity to do ‘nothing’ for one whole hour was rare. At the end of the course of treatments, this client had made a life decision which would improve his career opportunities.
I noted in my case studies that many clients enhanced their treatment by implementing some of the suggestions recommended to them as part of the agreed treatment plan. These ranged from taking in some extra walking, fresh air, water and self-treating the reflexes on the hands.
Perhaps as a result of their resolve, some of the results were quite impressive, such as absence of sciatica pain (for as long as 2 months after treatment), improved breathing for a client who had high blood pressure, and a client who started a walking routine and then decided that jogging was more fun.
My overall conclusion of my 40 case studies? Reflexology provides many benefits for wellbeing. These benefits cannot be guaranteed or predicted at the outset but with the client and the therapist working together there are usually good results.
Our body and mind have a wonderful ability to heal and maintain wellbeing but lives are busy and often stressful. Sometimes we need a change in the routine, a slowing down, mindful listening and a caring attitude in order to get back on track and achieve balance once more.
Reflexology is an effective holistic treatment, performed mainly on the feet but also on the hands/ears/face. It takes into account the whole person in their environment to provide an opportunity for positive change.
The therapist applies specific pressure movements to areas of the feet/hands known as reflexes, which correspond to specific parts/organs of the body. By doing so, circulation of the blood and lymph systems are simulated, along with the nervous system and excretory and endocrine systems. Generally all body systems can benefit as a result.
Reflexology is not a replacement for medical practices and treatments but it is a highly respected complementary therapy and doctors may even recommend it to their patients.
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© Caroline Cunningham – B.Sc. Deg., H.Dip. Ed., H. Dip. Tox., M.I.R.L.
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